Definitions for hypocrisyhɪˈpɒk rə si
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hypocrisy, lip service(noun)
an expression of agreement that is not supported by real conviction
insincerity by virtue of pretending to have qualities or beliefs that you do not really have
the claim or pretense of holding beliefs, feelings, standards, qualities, opinions, virtues or motivations that one does not actually possess.
applying criticism to others that one does not apply equally to oneself; moral self-contradiction whereby the behavior of one or more people belies their own claimed or implied possession of certain beliefs, standards or virtues.
an instance of either of the above.
Origin: From ipocrisie, from ypocrisie, from hypocrisis, from ὑπόκρισις, from ὑποκρίνομαι, from ὑπό + the middle voice of κρίνω.
the act or practice of a hypocrite; a feigning to be what one is not, or to feel what one does not feel; a dissimulation, or a concealment of one's real character, disposition, or motives; especially, the assuming of false appearance of virtue or religion; a simulation of goodness
Origin: [OE. hypocrisie, ypocrisie, OF. hypocrisie, ypocrisie, F. hypocrisie, L. hypocrisis, fr. Gr. "ypo`krisis the playing a part on the stage, simulation, outward show, fr. "ypokri`nesqai to answer on the stage, to play a part; "ypo` under + kri`nein to decide; in the middle voice, to dispute, contend. See Hypo-, and Critic.]
Hypocrisy is the state of pretending to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that one does not actually have. Hypocrisy involves the deception of others and is thus a kind of lie. Hypocrisy is not simply failing to practice those virtues that one preaches. Samuel Johnson made this point when he wrote about the misuse of the charge of "hypocrisy" in Rambler No. 14: Thus, an alcoholic's advocating temperance, for example, would not be considered an act of hypocrisy as long as the alcoholic made no pretense of sobriety.
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Making the world safe for hypocrisy.
Ostentation is the signal flag of hypocrisy.
Politeness, n. The most acceptable hypocrisy.
What I was upset with Jeb Bush was his hypocrisy.
Hypocrisy is the homage which vice pays to virtue.
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- رياء, نفاقArabic
- hipocresiaCatalan, Valencian
- přetvářka, lícoměrnost, pokrytectvíCzech
- Heuchelei, DoppelmoralGerman
- hipokritaĵo, hipokrito, hipokritecoEsperanto
- tekopyhyys, ulkokultaisuusFinnish
- hræsni, uppgerð, yfirdrepsskapurIcelandic
- 위선, 僞善Korean
- ханжество, лицемериеRussian
- dvoličje, licemerstvo, licemjerstvo, himba, licemerje, hipokrizija, licemjerje, dvoličnostSerbo-Croatian
- licemerje, dvoličnost, licemerstvoSlovene
- đạo đức giảVietnamese
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